Malaysian Corn and Anchovy Fried Balls
Malaysian Corn and Anchovy Fried Balls


2.5 cups self raising flour
1 tablespoon chili flakes
1.5 tablespoon onion powder
1.5 tablespoon garlic powder
1.5 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon salt
2 heads fresh corn kernels
3 spring onions sliced diagnoly
1 cup dried anchovy soaked in water and drained
1 fresh egg
Chili Sauce or Ketchup for serving
4 cups oil for frying
This Malaysian corn and anchovy fried balls also known as Cucur Jagung. A Malaysian treat that is so popular and delicious, it is the ultimate crowd pleaser. It is made with fresh corn, dried local anchovies and served with a side of sweet chili sauce but put your spin into it to make it vegan or meat free!


1. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients, the flour, garlic and onion powder, salt, pepper, chili flakes with water
2.Then add in the spring onions, anchovies, corn and egg and mix until combined
3.Heat the oil in a wok or deep pan and to test the oil just stick a wooden chopstick into the hot oil and if it starts bubbling around the edges means its hot enough to start cooking. Take a table spoon and scoop a table spoon worth of the batter mixture and drop it into the oil and do small batches at the time to avoid over crowding of the pan.
4.Turn when brown on one side. They take about 1 minute to cook on each side. Remove and strain on a paper towel to drain access oil.
5.Repeat until all the batter is cooked. Serve with a side of chili sauce

Malaysian Corn and Anchovy Fried Balls is Cucur Jagung!

Malaysian Corn and Anchovy Fried Balls also known as Malaysian Cucur Jagung, Cucoq, Jemput-Jemput, Bakwan or Dilis (in Philippines). It is the perfect home made afternoon snack. A savory dish usually served with a side of sweet chili sauce or even ketchup for afternoon tea. The sweetness of the corn paired alongside the salty dried anchovies and freshness of the spring onion and chili makes this little fried balls the perfect home cooked snack!

Known in the north as Cucur/Cucoq and Jemput-Jemput in the South, this treat, is a hit for any tea time treat! For a non meat or vegan alternative, remove the anchovies and egg and add in more vegetables of your liking. You can even add any kind of ingredients. We have some other variations that include prawn, carrots, bean sprouts and fresh chilis and this is called cucur Udang! or a sweet variation that consist or ripped bananas that are called cocodok.


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